Surgeon vs. Plumber

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    Let's carpool next time. Certainly pays to know what you're doing from the get go. ANd keep the receipts for the forth trip to return stuff you miss-purchased.
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    You also need to know exactly what you need from the start. In this case I didn't. A plumber would probably have had everything they needed on the truck and although I have a lot of plumbing, electrical, and other kinds of things stockpiled it's never enough. And I surely don't need to add to my inventory. I don't do plumbing much anymore. I'm not licensed and this was done for a person who bought a house that I refurbished and he made a rental out of it. Hourly only, no contracting. That will get you thrown in jail in Florida plus it is not fair to the people who are licensed. So it is very limited. Probably haven't done any for other people in several years now. I can make a good living doing things that don't require license.
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    This. I do my maintenance myself, as well. Guess I learned something in an earlier life working in the oil field and construction engineering that has practical application.

    Changing a hw heater is no biggie. Unless, of course, you have to get the government's permission.

    In Doc's situation, I suggest getting a different plumber, which apparently, he is.
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    This is what I hate about plumbing, you can never just replace that one thing, you always end up finding something else upstream that needs to be done before you do that job. Still hate it less than paying someone else to do it for me.
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    I have no problem with people making a living but, like you, I do most of my own work myself. Saves me a lot of money. Getting various prices is always a good idea as long as all of them are reputable workers. A flooded house from a shoddy job ain't no fun.
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    In this case I wound up having to cut part of the wall out to cut the old copper line in half and rejoin it. When I do stuff like this I don't have to leave the wall repairs to someone else.
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    Have to call this a BS story.

    Never have had or heard of a Dr. arriving early for an appt......or a plumber either!

    LOL.....
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    Good point. Unlike plumbers, surgeons have no overhead and can work out of their cars.
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    Have scalpel, will travel.
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    I'm a first-time homeowner. My home inspector found that the city water pressure going into my house is high so he suggested I put in a water pressure regulator. I so want to be a rugged individualist living the American dream by doing my own plumbing, but I just can't muster up the brass ones to cut into my water main. :)

    On the other hand, I'm also afraid of hiring a plumber after all the horror stories about contractors I've heard over the years.
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    This thread is one "laying pipe" joke away from being moved to the pub.
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    @malli

    What does he consider high?
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    I'm guilty of getting it off track. My apologies to the OP.
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    It was 100 psi when he checked it. He said it has to be below 80, with 50-60 being about where I want it.
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    So this high water pressure from your supplier is your problem, and not theirs ?
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    Is your nose growing?:grin:
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    Well, it's city water. I'm sure it's higher for some people and lower for others.
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    That wasn't an apples to apples comparison. You are comparing how much you are getting to how much the plumbing company is charging for labor. I'm guessing the plumber is getting a lot less than the amount the plumbing company is getting.

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